Wayne Rooney on Derby Manager Ambitions & Emulating Former England Teammates

Nov 20, 2020, 1:00 PM GMT
Wayne Rooney
Rooney has his sights set on the Derby hotseat | Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Wayne Rooney has made no secret of the fact he wants the Derby County job on a permanent basis, but won't take his eye off the ball as he looks to drag the Rams up the Championship table.

A disastrous start to the campaign has left Derby staring relegation in the face, and manager Phillip Cocu was dispensed of before the international break.

An interim coaching team, featuring Shay Given, Liam Rosenior, Justin Walker and Rooney have stepped up in his stead, and will lead the team through a busy period while the board mull over their next permanent boss.

Rooney is one of the favourites, though faces competition from Rafa Benitez, who has bizarrely emerged as a frontrunner. The former Manchester United man, however, won't be sidetracked from his ambition, as he looks to emulate some of his former England team-mates in stepping into full-time management.

“I wouldn’t be an ambitious person if I didn’t want the job," he told reporters, quoted by The Sun. “My ambition is to go into management, especially when you see the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Scott Parker all getting good jobs and doing really well.

“We have to get the next two or three games out the way first, but if they go well it puts us all in a better position to put our names forward for that role.”

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Rooney is looking to inspire Derby from his roles both on and off the pitch | Alex Pantling/Getty Images

As well as being one of the managers, the 35-year-old remains club captain, and has played every match he has been available for this season. So, first order of business, Wayne?

"While I'm in this position I might give myself a new three-year deal," he joked. "I know I'm not in the finest moment of my career. We'll have to wait and see what happens, but for now I've got my toes in both dressing rooms."